Biomic Sciences Restore Review

Biomic Sciences Restore Review

Restore is a newer supplement that claims it relieves leaky gut and improves digestive health. Restore is supposed to relieve gluten insensitivity, leaky gut, heartburn, restore the immune system, relieve SIBO, renew the microbiome, and improve overall digestive health. Restore is well known and is even offered at your local GNC. Could it contribute to improving your digestion? Is there enough research to establish its safety and efficacy? Should you try the supplement or is it a waste of money?

What is Restore and How Does it Work?

Restore is a supplement that is manufactured by Biomic Sciences in the United States. Restore is a liquid lignite extract (Terrahydrite) and purified water. Lignite is technically a type of poor quality coal. Terrahydrite contains trace soil amino acids and minerals similar to a fulvic acid supplement. Restore comes in a BPA-free plastic bottle and does not need to be refrigerated.

Well, how does Restore help improve one’s digestive health? Here is an answer that comes from Restore’s website: 1

“It is important for people to know that RESTORE produces a significant outcome for gut health. I use it in my Virginia clinic as a foundation for helping to create a strong immune system and gut biome. Microbiome balance and tight junction integrity are widely recognized to constitute a major portion of the human immune system, and directly affect DNA transcription of human cells to promote optimal health and prevent a leaky gut, improving gut intelligence. The well-proven biology of Restore demonstrates its role as a foundational resource in your pursuit of optimal health,”

says Zach Bush, MD, CEO and co-founder of Biomic Sciences, LLC. Dr. Bush is board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice Care.

“Seventy percent (70%) of our immune system is found in our gut. We need tens of thousands of different strains of probiotic gut bacteria to support a healthy immune system. Clinical experience, in addition to cell culture studies, supports the theory that RESTORE’s proprietary formula creates the optimal environment in the gut to create a tight junction barrier and maintain our health and wellness. RESTORE is a daily liquid supplement designed to support the protection of the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract against agricultural herbicides, antibiotics, GMOs, gluten and food-borne toxins by helping to create an environment where between 20,000-30,000 different strains of good gut bacteria thrive. Most probiotics on the market contain fewer than 24 different strains of good gut bacteria.”

Restore sure does sound unique, it eliminates leaky gut and revitalizes the microbiome. Ok, so how does Restore technically work to help your digestive health? 2

“RESTORE nurtures the body’s protective membranes in the gut and the blood/brain barrier, enabling these membranes to keep us healthy. A diet loaded with highly-processed foods may cause the tight junctions of the intestinal wall to open from the gut into the bloodstream. Through state-of-the-art scientific studies conducted at prestigious universities and compelling anecdotal evidence from people who use RESTORE, data suggest that by keeping the gut healthy and functioning optimally, one can block gut sensitivity to gluten and other chemicals and address GI health. In short, RESTORE nurtures the body’s protective membranes in the gut and the blood/brain barrier, enabling them to work, to keep the body healthy.”

Notice something odd about the statement above? The statement does not give any specifics on how Restore works to help people recover. The Restore website does, however, provide a few studies to help us understand better how Restore works and to reassure us that it is safe, but is the information accurate?

Is There any Evidence That it Works and is it Safe?

What evidence we have is scarce at best. Restore states that lignite extract is composed of carbon redox molecules when are supposed to help our microbiome communicate, improve the health of our microbiome, reinforce our GALT, and eliminate leaky gut by helping improve the integrity of our gut junctions. We do know that similar extracts from the Earth can improve our overall health including humic acid, fulvic acid, and shilajit, but we have more studies to back up these extracts and their effect on our health. 3 4 5 6 7 8

The lignite extract from what I can understand according to their trans-epithelial electrical resistance study coats the tight junctions in the gut and protects them from incoming irritants. It insulates the cells in the gut against a bombardment of electrons. Protection of the gut junctions sounds great in theory, but it is unknown how well it will occur from ingestion of Restore. Their studies were performed in a controlled environment and was done in-vitro on a group of cells. Will Restore fully coat the intestinal tract or just the mouth, esophagus, and or stomach? The Restore studies show that it may be able to protect our gut from toxins including the pesticide glyphosate. Restore might be able to protect the gut cells from ingestion of gluten for example, but not from our gut microbiome ingesting the gluten and polysaccharides in wheat that we consume. It would not be able to protect from all the issues that stem from our microbiome consuming gluten if you have dysbiosis (increased endotoxin creation by Gram-negative bacteria, increased fermentation creating bloating, leading to inflammation and immune reactions within the gut). Even if the gut junctions are protected by Restore, inflammation would be confined to the gastrointestinal tract from increased endotoxin production, causing digestive issues.

Restore does appear to be safe. However, issues have been brought up with lignite extract and kidney problems. There are studies that some compounds in coal may cause kidney damage or cancer. Possible kidney damage is why Biomic Sciences tested its lignite extract on kidney cells in-vitro to see if it would cause damage. Restore was found to be safe in the in-vitro testing. Restore is not raw coal; it is a purified lignite extract so a lot of the kidney-damaging and cancer-causing compounds should be removed. However, I would not use Restore if I suffered from kidney disease just to be safe. 9 10 11 12

The main issue I have with Restore is the only study we have now from the company is funded and performed by Biomic Sciences and its creators. I believe this may be a conflict of interest. Biomic Sciences is starting an in-vivo clinical trial with people, and I applaud that they are testing using Restore in humans. I still wish Biomic Sciences were not performing the study and that instead an outsider, like a university was testing Restore. I had issues with recommending Bacillus coagulans for this same reason; all the studies I could find on its use were either sponsored by Gamden or performed by them. 13 14 15

Does Fix Your Gut recommend Restore?

Restore appears to be a supplement that is a roulette wheel with a lot of people that try it to improve their digestive health. Most people on the SIBO Facebook group that tried Restore found little improvement if any at all from using it. I believe that people with severe digestive concerns may see no change in their issues with Restore because it does not fix the underlying problems, diet, microbiome dysbiosis, and motility issues. I have suggested Restore to a few clients here or there to see if they would get any improvement from using it, telling them upfront my concerns of the supplement. Some did, and from the ones that took it, it did not seem to be the miracle leaky gut cure that Biomic Sciences alluded it to being.

Would it harm you to try Restore? Probably not, but do not use it believing Restore is the panacea for leaky gut it is touted to be. Fix Your Gut cannot fully recommend Restore without further studies on its efficacy and safety, which are not performed by Biomic Sciences.

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